Japan Express: Osaka to Tokyo

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9 days,Osaka to Tokyo

Take in the views of Mt Fuji, stay in temple lodging and a traditional ryokan, gaze at the famous floating gate Miyajima Torii, explore Kyoto's Nijo Castle

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From Buddhist monks of Koyasan to the high rollers of Tokyo, capture the many faces of Japan on this condensed tour beginning in Osaka. Savour the region’s culinary delicacies and the beautiful views at Mt Fuji. You'll stay in a traditional ryokan and really soak up local culture in onsen hot springs. A great combination of included activities and free time, this adventure provides a taste of the rich culture of Japan.

What's Included

  • Overnight in a temple on Mt Koya with traditional meals
  • Hiroshima Peace Park and Museum visit
  • Miyajima excursion with floating Torii Gate visit
  • Nijo Castle and gardens visit (Kyoto)
  • Kinaku-ji Golden Pavilion visit
  • Daisen-in Temple and Zen garden visit
  • Mt Owakudani cable car ride (Hakone)
  • Lake Ashino-ko boat ride
  • Traditional ryokan stay with kaiseki meal
  • Japan Rail (JR) pass (7-day)
  • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities
  • 2 breakfasts, 2 dinners. (Allow USD350-400 for meals not included.)
  • Bullet train, tram, ferry, public bus, walking.
  • Chief Experience Officer (CEO) throughout, local guides.
  • Small group experience; Max 15, avg 12
  • Hotels (6 nts), mountain monastery (1 nt), Japanese-style ryokan accommodation with hot springs (1 nt).
Itinerary Notes

Due to events in Kyoto, departures of this itinerary between March 28, 2015 and April 7, 2015 will spend nights 5 & 6 in nearby Osaka. Breakfast will be provided at the hotel in Osaka and transport to and from Kyoto each will be included. Osaka is a short 28 min train ride from Kyoto.

Day 1Osaka

Arrive at any time.

Day 2Osaka/Kōyasan(1D)

Visit the centre of Buddhism in Japan and sleep in a temple atop the 800m Mt Koya. Savour a traditional dinner of shojin ryori (Buddhist vegetarian cuisine). Watch the monks pray in the morning.

Day 3Kōyasan/Hiroshima-shi(1B)

Watch the monks pray in the morning before travelling to Hiroshima.

Day 4Hiroshima-shi

Visit the Peace Park and Museum and take a ferry ride over to the sacred island of Miyajima to see the famous floating Torii gate.

Day 5Hiroshima-shi/Kyoto

Travel to Kyoto and start exploring.

Day 6Kyoto

Visit the impressive Nijo Castle and gardens along with the famous Kinaku-ji Golden Pavilion, and practice meditation in Daisen-in's Zen rock garden.

Day 7Kyoto/Hakone(1D)

Take a cable car up Mt Owakudani for views of Mt Fuji, a boat ride on Lake Ashino-ko, and a walk along the Old Tokaido Highway. Enjoy a stay in traditional ryokan accommodation, feast on a Japanese multi-course kaiseki meal, soak in the natural hot springs, and sleep on a futon.

Day 8Hakone/Tokyo(1B)

Head to Tokyo with time to do some last-minute shopping.

Day 9Tokyo

Depart at any time.

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